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Petrobras launches new oil tanker

20th May 2013

Petrobras inaugurates fifth vessel in its 49-ship fleet expansion programme with 274 m and 1 million barrels capacity oil tanker

Petrobras launches new oil tanker
The vessel is a suezmax or medium-sized oil tanker with 274 meters of length. It is able to carry 1 million barrels of crude oil – roughly half of Brazil’s daily oil production

Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro on Monday will inaugurate a new oil tanker as part the oil giant's major fleet expansion programme (Promef) which aims to increase the Petrobras fleet from 287 ships at the end of 2010 to 433 by 2017.

 

The vessel, Zumbi dos Palmares, is a suezmax or medium-sized oil tanker with 274 meters of length. It is able to carry 1 million barrels of crude oil – roughly half of Brazil’s daily oil production. The vessel was built at the Atlântico Sul shipyard in the port of Suape, state of Pernambuco, and is the fifth ship to be handed from Promef to Transpetro in a period of 18 months.

 

Prior to Promef, Brazil’s shipbuilding industry went 14 years without delivering any new ships to Petrobras’ fleet and, at the turn of the century, employed less than 2,000 people. The sector has witnessed substantial growth since then and now employs 54,000 people.

 

“The order of 49 vessels by Promef has guaranteed the basis for the resurging of Brazil’s shipbuilding industry. Today Brazil has the world’s third largest order log for oil carriers,” Petrobras said in a written statement on Sunday.

 

The Petrobras fleet expansion programme, key to its pre-salt ambitions, is seeing a new shipbuilding hub rise in the state of Pernambuco.  In addition to the Atlântico Sul shipyard, Promef has ordered eight gas tankers from the Promar shipyard, also in the port of Suape.

 

High profile representatives from both the government and Petrobras will attend Zumbi dos Palmares' opening ceremony  on Monday, including president Dilma Rousseff, Petrobras CEO Maria das Graças Silva Foster and Transpetro boss Sergio Machado.